The Escape | Amanzoe, Porto Heli, Greece

BY Reefaya Noortaj / Jan 29 2020 / 08:20 AM

An epic journey of tranquillity amid mesmerising vistas begins here in Porto Heli, Greece

The Escape | Amanzoe, Porto Heli, Greece
Images Courtesy of Amanzoe
A view from a bedroom of a pool villa

Imagine a place of untainted nature, where time stands still and fresh ocean breeze flows through you. Overlooking olive groves, vineyards and cypress trees under the Mediterranean sun, Amanzoe, a luxury hilltop resort and hotel is one not to be missed. Located in Porto Heli, just a 25 minute helicopter ride from Athens International Airport, the resort will have you witness the beauty and pristine areas of wilder Greece with panoramic views of a modern-day Acropolis. Surrounded by an abundance of nature, Amanzoe was designed to naturally mix its land, suites and villas by opening up to perfumed gardens, the vast blue sea and soft white sandy beaches.

During the day, the resort itself looks undeniably glossy and glistens under the clear radiant Greek sun and by night transforms itself into a shining pavilion. The location is rich with UNESCO heritage ruins; the undiscovered Peloponnese has been the centre of Greek culture for a century. As you walk down the smooth pathway, you will instantly be directed to air-conditioned cabanas by the beach with an extensive terrace and swimming pool.

The walkway area of Amanzoe

Amanzoe’s luxury pavilions drew inspiration for their incredible exterior from classic Greek architecture, with prominent lines and a pared-back aesthetic. The pavilions all open up to terraces with private plunge pools and breathtaking views of the surrounding land and sea. Each pavilion is opened through a stone-walled courtyard, leading to a high-ceilinged living area and king-sized bed positioned in a marble alcove.

Overlooking the Aegean Sea, the resort’s one-to-nine-bedroom villas feature an open terrace with sand-coloured marble floors, old-style dry stone-clad walls and concrete columns and cornices. What’s also special about the villas is the personalised chef and host services that are offered.

A view from a pool pavilion

The location of Amanzoe makes it easy for guests to reach the bustling, cosmopolitan atmosphere of Porto Heli, Greece. The isles of Spetses and Hydra are nearby, as are numerous ruins such as the Byzantine monasteries. You can explore the city with a scooter, bicycle, or a horse-drawn scooter to make the setting a bit more exciting.

The city is filled with rich archaeological sites from the sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to Amanzoe’s Amphitheatre, a modern interpretation of the classic Greek venue with an open-air setting overlooking the Argo-Saronic Gulf. Launching next year, Amanzoe’s individual wellness immersions will take place in one of the greatest healing centres of the ancient world. The programme is expertly tailored to cater to individual wellbeing needs.

This includes personalised exercise regimes and a custom-made diet plan, as well as bespoke spa treatments. Eight treatment suites offer a variety of massages, scrubs and facials which are complemented by the Watsu pool and a manicure studio. Opt for the myofascial release, meridian therapy or reflexology for a world of inner peace. 

An interior view of the library

For dining, a wide variety of international cuisine awaits you - from Japanese cuisine at Nama to Mediterranean fare at the Restaurant. Amanzoe places special attention on simple flavours that are prepared with culinary flair. Try the ‘catch of the day’, cooked in salt dough with caper-tomato salsa or choose exquisite Japanese food by the poolside, made under the direction of world-renowned Master Chef Keiji. 

An interior view of a bathroom in a pool pavilion

Rooms from Dhs4,000 per night;

Images courtesy of Amanzoe